Saudi Arabia's Janadriyah festival to open next month with India as guest of honor

Minister of National Guard Prince Khaled bin Ayyaf, right, with Indian Ambassador Ahmad Javed, center, and Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan, deputy chief of Indian mission, after meeting at minister’s office in Riyadh. (AN photo)
Updated 21 January 2018
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Saudi Arabia's Janadriyah festival to open next month with India as guest of honor

RIYADH: India will be the guest of honor when a major cultural jamboree, popularly known as Janadriyah National Heritage and Cultural Festival, is inaugurated here on Feb. 7.
The festival is part of a major initiative to generate awareness about the history and heritage of the Kingdom, as well as to open a window for the new generation to the vibrant past of Arabia.
“The 18-day-long cultural festival will be held under the patronage of King Salman at Janadriyah, 42 kilometers northeast of Riyadh,” said Lt. Mansour Bin Sulaiman Aba Al-Khail, a spokesman of the festival, which is being organized by the Ministry of National Guard.
He said that Indian Ambassador Ahmad Javed called on Prince Khalid bin Ayyaf, minister of National Guard, recently and discussed issues of mutual interest including preparations for Janadriyah. Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy Suhel Ajaz Khan also attended the meeting.
Commenting on the honor bestowed on India as guest country, Javed said the gesture indicates the prominence given to India by the Saudi leadership following the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Riyadh in April 2016.
The annual Janadriyah festival, named after the village near Riyadh where it is held, will showcase camel and horse-racing spectaculars, sword dancing, poetry and music as well as crafts such as carpet-weaving, pottery, costumes and cuisine.
Javed said “the historic visit by late King Saud to India in 1955 and the reciprocal visit by the first prime minister of independent India Jawaharlal Nehru to the Kingdom in 1956 laid the strong foundation for our formal interactions.
“Moreover, the visit of King Salman, as the crown prince, to India in 2014 further deepened the relations,” he added.
In Janadriyah this year there will be about 2,000 exhibitors featuring a range of products and services both from the ancient times of Arabia and the modern world. The festival, according to organizers, is expected to draw about 2.5 million visitors from Saudi Arabia and abroad.


Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Abdullah Al-Sawah stressed the Kingdom's need to discover and support local talent.
He said that the ministry has paid increasing attention to technical talents, which has been represented through the organization of several events, the latest of which was the "Hackathon Digital Machines."
The event was aimed at creating a conducive environment to develop the capabilities of the digital youth and invest in their creative potential to maximize returns.
Al-Sawah noted that the event also aimed at "harnessing their abilities to develop the digital transformation process," calling for intensified and unified efforts in order to invest in Saudi talents for the benefit of the nation.
The minister was speaking during a meeting with Marian Taher Saleh, the youngest Saudi female journalist, alongside with her father.
Al-Sawah praised the role of her family, who have been supporting her from the beginning till she was able to enter the media field, expressing his appreciation for her media achievements.
For his part, Saleh's father expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the minister for his hospitality, appreciation and encouragement for his daughter.